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We live in a suburb known as County and every one calls me dummy because my mother renamed me Tommy,i was always bullied by my peers but to me,it meant nothing.I was the quite type and always tried to avoid any kind of confrontation.Whenever there is problem between other boys,i go in and try as much as i can to make them understand that fighting is never a solution,because of my softness, they nick named me Yellow.
I was only ten when my dad died in jail so growing up under the watchful eyes of a strict uncle helped me so much and my uncle always reminded me about the final words of my dad,we went to visit him then in the jail,he took my hands and made me promise him to be a better man.His words;
"Promise me Rossi never to do the things i have done,please walk away from trouble if you can because it doesn't mean that you are weak,if you turn the other cheek,i hope you are old enough to understand,Rossi;you don't have to fight to be a man".
Uncle kept staring at us and at a point dad pointed at his direction and said
"Rossi my life is over but yours has just begun".
Each time,i do something nasty,uncle reminds me of dad's final words.Perhaps keeping this promise made me a coward among my peers."A coward of the county".
Among all the people in the neighborhood,was my best friend.She meant so much to me and like the saying goes,
"There is someone for everyone".
Becky meant more than gold and diamonds to me,she reminds me of the essence of life and in her i saw life and its meaning,we loved each other and there was no deceit in her, everyone calls me yellow and the weakest man but she was my strength and in her arms i didn't have to prove that i am a man.
How can Tommy be dating the most pretty girl in the neighborhood?
This was what generated the jealousy,Becky doesn't give any one attention,she was in love with me and this prompted the Gatlin boys to plan to hurt her. I was at my work place,waiting for the lunch time,she was alone in the house when they arrived.
Becky was weak so they grabbed her and took turns at her,there were the three of them and they showed her no mercy.I was shocked and left with no words when i opened the door and saw Becky crying.
Her torn dress.
And her shattered look was more than i could stand,i was speechless and confused,didn't know exactly what to do so i reached above the fire place and took down daddy's picture.I could not hold my tears as they kept dropping on his face.
His thundering words began hitting me because i was so annoyed.
"Promise me, Rossi, not to do the things I've done.
Walk away from trouble if you can.
Now it won't mean you're weak if you turn the other cheek.
I hope you're old enough to understand:
Rossi, you don't have to fight to be a man."
I remembered what i told dad that day and it was a promise so i simply walked into the barrow then the Gatlin boys began laughing at me, half way down, one of them crossed the floor and when i turned, they mocked me and began laughing with high voices.
"Hey! look o! yellow is leaving" they said.
But you could hear a pin drop when i stopped and locked the door,twenty years of crawling was bottled inside me and i knew that i wasn't going to hold back anything,i have to give them everything, there was just three of them and none of them was standing when i left the room.
"This one is for Becky" i told the last one before he fell.
My uncle came in but i did not noticed him until the arrival of the paramedics.
"I promised you, Dad, not to do the things you've done. I'll walk away from trouble when I can.
I couldn't turn the other cheek, 'n Papa, I sure hope you understand
Everyone considered me the coward of the County.
Rossimobis has no copyright of this,it is just and expanded version of the song Coward of County by Kenny Rogers.
"You have to fight when you are a man."